Pain Medicine Service


The Pain Medicine service at Angell Animal Medical Center offers treatment for companion animals with discomfort that negatively affects their quality of life, regardless of their primary diagnosis. Many of our patients have complex medical issues that complicate treatment for pain. Some owners seek help in accurately determining whether their animals are in pain, how much they are suffering, and whether or not euthanasia is an appropriate consideration.

Some types of pain are under-recognized and/or incompletely treated by traditional medical care. Many of our patients are nearing the end of their life and this service helps pet owners decide on palliative and comfort care measures even if surgery or an invasive treatment has been decided against. The Pain Medicine service aims to serve patients whose owners wish to provide comprehensive care to address quality of life concerns, and discuss end of life decisions when it becomes necessary.

Current evidence suggests that the most effective treatments for pain are derived from an interdisciplinary approach to the problem, since the pain can affect multiple body systems. Our service provides comprehensive diagnostic services for these patients since the source of their pain is often poorly understood. The Pain Medicine Service at Angell AMC is uniquely qualified to provide this kind of care. Dr. Moses's background as and internal medicine specialist and long experience in anesthesia and critical care medicine allow her to manage patients with complex medical problems and treatment plans. In addition, on-site specialists provide easy access to consulting advice. 

A typical consultation with the Pain Medicine service involves a comprehensive exam for your pet, and a significant portion of time is dedicated to discussing his or her quality of life and your goals for pain therapy. All of this information helps Dr. Lisa Moses decide on the best course of treatment for your pet. Because pain is a unique process in each individual, treatment plans must be tailored to each patient. Frequently recommended treatment options include novel drug therapy and non-drug modalities of treatment, including acupuncture and mobility exercises.

Dr. Moses administers acupuncture (pictured here and at top).